The Honourable Chris Finlayson officially launched the construction of the four-star 134-bed hotel at the northern end of the airport which will be managed by Rydges and include a restaurant, bar and conference facilities.
The hotel, which is expected to welcome its first guests in late 2018, will be fully integrated with the Main Terminal Building, built above the International terminal and accessible directly from inside a newly redeveloped passenger lounge.
Steve Sanderson, Wellington Airport’s chief executive, said the hotel will be convenient for central New Zealanders and international visitors connecting overseas through Wellington.
“The hotel is part of the airport’s wider efforts to improve the experience of everyone who has to catch an early ﬂight or arrive on a late one.
"Many travellers utilise these international ﬂights and the Airport’s particular focus is on improving its role as the gateway for central New Zealand.
“Grabbing a room and getting a good night’s rest will be a smart option for those that need to travel a fair distance home. We expect the airport hotel to be hugely popular with business travellers, families and those travelling internationally.”
TIA chief executive, Chris Roberts, says the new hotel will be a welcome addition to New Zealand’s accommodation offering.
“It’s great to see that investors have the confidence in the future of tourism in Wellington and New Zealand to embark on this project.
"It’s well recognised that there is a need for new hotels to meet the tourism growth forecasts for New Zealand. This promises to be a valuable addition to the range of commercial accommodation available in the Capital, and will contribute to the industry’s Tourism 2025 goal of growing value ahead of volume to reach total annual revenue of $41 billion by 2025.”
Wellington Airport’s international market has experienced exceptional growth in recent years welcoming new services from Singapore Airlines, Fiji Airways and Jetstar.
International visitor spending in Wellington has reached NZ$716m in the last year and international passenger numbers have more than doubled in the last 15 years to nearly 900,000. Total passenger numbers through Wellington Airport are close to hitting the six million mark.
“This is another example of the considerable investment we are making to transforming theterminal and passenger experience," said Sanderson.
"The majority of work on our domestic terminal extension has been completed and work is well underway on the multi-level transport hub.
“Although there will be some disruption as a result of the construction work, we believe the hotel and the transport hub will be welcome additions to the airport."